Preservation Hall Jazz Band: Happy Valentines Day

I love new music that feels both timeless and old at the same time. Inspired by the spirit of the holiday Preservation Hall Films and Ben Jaffe have created this adorable, romantic video. Filmed in the French Quarter it features acclaimed vocalist Clint Maedgen backed by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and showcases New Orleans at its most charming. Click the link below to watch and have a very happy valentines day from Preservation Hall as well as your friends at Lost Melodies.


Lost Dylan: Dylan does Hank Williams

There are a number of versions of the Hank William’s song Lonesome Whistle Blow including Bobby Darin’s rock infused version and even a version by Beck. The rendition that I wanted to share with you is the Bob Dylan version apparently recorded during the Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan recording session but did not make it onto the album for whatever reason. Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan is among my favorite records and this song would have worked great as part of the album. His voice sounds great (for Dylan). I am so glad that I found this lost gem. Post your thoughts. Are there other recordings of Dylan playing this song? Other “lost” Dylan songs that you know of? Provide links.
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Genesis: A Trick of the Tail

The following is a review by a guest review from Blog Called T. I hope you enjoy the review!

It’s a quagmire being a Genesis fan. Is it an evolution or devolution for a band to go from 10+ minute progressive rock opuses to 3 minute pop hits? Is the band changing with the times or with the roster Genesis’ 2 major front-men – Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins both went on to have lucrative careers in the music industry as solo artists; both solo careers let you know the influences each had on their former band making polar opposites of Genesis’ beginning and ending.

But that wasn’t what fans were thinking in 1975 with the departure of Peter Gabriel.They were thinking that Genesis couldn’t exist without Gabriel.He took with him the stage performances and showmanship that made Genesis a favorite among the progressive rock crowds. He defined their sound, how would they exist without him? After a fruitless search for a replacement and the realization that the band’s drummer, Phil Collins, could sing all the songs as well as all the potential singers auditioned, he was made Genesis’ new singer and the band released the unremarkable 1976 album Wind and Wuthering. The album sounded exactly what the band was: Phil Collins singing Peter Gabriel’s lines. He’s a competent singer, but he isn’t Gabriel.

And then their 1978 album came – Trick of the Trail, a turning point for both the band and the songs. The pop sensibilities of Phil Collins would peak its head for the first time here, but not enough to scare away the loyal fans. It’s also one of my favorite albums from the band because it’s their most unique. This isn’t a rock album as much as a folk and blues album. Ethereal tracks like “Ripples”, “Mad Man Moon” and the title track “A Trick of the Tail” dominate the album’s mood. It’s unexpected and leaves a blank slate to experience the album: this isn’t a Peter Gabriel Genesis album, this is Genesis redefining themselves, previous standards of comparison no longer apply.There are still the heavier ‘rock’ songs: “Robbery, Assault and Battery” and “Dance on a Volcano.” The latter might be one final attempt to return to the days of Gabriel as it mimics his “Dancing with the Moonlight Knight” opus on the bands breakthrough album ‘Selling England by the Pound’. But altogether Phil Collins isn’t trying to mimic Gabriel anymore or front the same Genesis band. His softer voice is put to better use here and Banks, Rutherford, and Hackett are able to accommodate him and widen their musical palette in the process. The band begins to develop their ear for 3 minute melodies. Areas of lacking without Gabriel’s influence can still be noticed: the story telling of the songs isn’t nearly as complex or intriguing. Collins’ singing works well for the quieter songs (“Entangled”), but still feels misplaced when the storytelling and structure does get complex (“Robbery, Assault and Battery” feels too forced).

This isn’t epic Genesis, this is Genesis actually reinventing themselves and not for the better. Fortunately this album hasn’t aged with time as does most classic rock, especially the progressive genre. And while it is different, Collins and the band don’t cross the line into pop music and alienate their audience; though, they later will with the departure of Hackett from the band and the release of their first true pop single ‘Follow You Follow Me’. From that point on, the influence of the Genesis of old is truly gone.

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Lost Genre: Jug Band Music

“For me, jug band music is the mud that my toes are planted in”
Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir.

I wrote about jug band music in the past and am excited that there is a new documentary about jug band innovator Gus Cannon called Chasin’ Gus’ Ghost and features Bob Weir, David Grisman, Jug Band Revivalist Jim Kweskin, Taj Mahal, and Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian. The movie will premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on October 13th. I hope it has a wider release and would like to write about it when I see it. Be sure to check out the trailer.

Also, check out this youtube video of Mungo Jerry’s 1971 song “Summertime.” It is a “modern jug” band song. Even if you aren’t into the style, you should check out the video. The lead singer Ray Dorset’s Afro and mutton chops are about as legendary as the song.

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Wonderful Time Up There and Correction

The gospel song “Wonderful Time Up There,” which I wrote about in the last post, was written by Lee Roy Abernathy and a hit song for Pat Boone in 1954. Here is Boone’s version of the song for comparison.

Additionally, in the last post, I wrote that the gospel boogie recording on The Great Lost Performance of “Wonderful Time Up There” was Johnny Cash’s only recording of the song. However, I found another version of Johnny Cash performing it. It would be more accurately stated that it is the only version of the song that has been officially released. The youtube version might give you a flavor of what is to come, but the version on The Great Lost Performance. is superior- especially because of the introduction at the end of the second track. Johnny Cash starts singing “bum ba ba bum ba ba bum” and you can tell that he is having a good time. I think that this introduction makes the track even more fun to listen to and it is by far my favorite song on the album. Which do you think is the best version of “Wonderful Time Up There?”

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Johnny Cash: The Great Lost Performance

Released this week is a live performance by Johnny Cash entitled The Great Lost Performance. Recorded on July 27, 1990 (17 years ago this week), this album includes Johnny Cash’s first performance anywhere of his original “What Is Man?,” his only recorded version of country gospel’s “Wonderful Time Up There” and “A Beautiful Life,” and his only concert version of “Life’s Railway To Heaven,” whose studio version by Cash was released only posthumously on the 2006 release Personal File. “Life’s Railway to Heaven” is even obscure on the album Personal File- it is the 48th of 49 tracks. For your listening enjoyment, please click on the links above for sound clips and click below to listen to several complete audio streams from the album.

Streaming audio from Johnny Cash’s Lost Performance CD: “Walk The Line” and “Ring of Fire

See the Follow Up to this Post
(includes correction and more)

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Beatles Photos that you Haven’t Seen and Versions of Songs that You Haven’t Heard

My friends at Music You (Possibly) Won’t Hear Anyplace Else feature some nice Beatles covers of the songs “Hey Jude, ” “She’s a Woman,” “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I’ll Cry Instead,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Dear Prudence, “George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord,” “All You Need Is Love,” Let It Be,” “Eight Days a Week,”and John Lennon’s song “Mother.” These covers are by Maynard Ferguson, Chet Atkins, and others. To add to the Beatles love, I found a number of high quality Beatles images for your enjoyment.

John Lennon: John Lennon and wife Cynthia Lennon in an airplane 1964, John Lennon interview 1974

George Harrison: George Harrison standing before crowd of photographers in Los Angeles, Calif., 1974, George Harrison and Ravi Shankar 1967

Ringo Starr: Ringo Starr with his house on fire in the background 1979

Beatles Fans: Boy holding baseball cards and pictures of The Beatles, 1964, Beatles Fan with”Call Paul Button” 1964

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Lost Recordings of Stephen Stills Unearthed

Stephen Stills of Crosby, Stills, Nash (and sometimes Young) fame just released Just Roll Tape. The music recorded April 26th, 1968 features the original demo versions of some of the most famous Crosby, Stills, and Nash songs including “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” “Helplessly Hoping” and “Wooden Ships.” This is really a treat. The solo acoustic sounds and voice of Stills are loud, raw, and clear. These recordings contrasts nicely with the more famous, polished versions of these songs. NPR recently did a story on this which includes an interview with Stephen Stills. Enjoy.

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Unchained (not so lost) Melody

Unchained Melody is one of the most iconic songs of all time. The writer of this song, Lyricist Hy Zaret, passed away yesterday at the ripe old age of 99. In his memory, I found some of the more well known renditions (and there are a lot to choose from):Elvis Presley, Righteous Brothers, U2, The Scene from the movie Ghost, Tom Jones, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

There are two other songs which I had always attributed to others were in fact Zaret originals. These include One Meat Ball (which I had always thought was a Josh White original), as well as one of my favorites-Why Does the Sun Shine? (The Sun Is a Mass of Incandescent Gas) performed by They Might Be Giants (version 1, version 2). It sounds like a TMBG original! (during my search, I found a ridiculous version lip synced by Sting)

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Watch Bonnaroo Concerts for Free!

At you can watch the following shows for free! Enjoy the weekend!

Friday, June 15th:
Uncle Earl
12:30pm – 1:15pm
Cold War Kids
1:15pm – 2:15pm
Brazilian Girls
2:15pm – 3:30pm
Kings of Leon
3:45pm – 5:00pm
Paolo Nutini
5:00pm – 6:15pm
Gillian Welch
6:15pm – 7:45pm
The Nightwatchmen
7:45pm – 9:00pm
The Roots
10:00pm – 11:30pm

Saturday, June 16th:
Old Crow Medicine Show
12:45pm – 1:45pm
1:45pm – 2:15pm
Regina Spektor
2:15pm – 3:30pm
The Black Keys
3:30pm – 4:15pm
Damien Rice
4:15pm – 5:45pm
Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals
5:45pm – 7:45pm
The Hold Steady
7:45pm – 8:15pm
Mago: Billy Martin & John Medeski
8:15pm – 9:45pm
String Cheese Incident
10:15pm – 11:30pm

Sunday, June 17th
Robert Glasper Trio
12:30pm – 1:00pm
John Butler Trio
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Flaming Lips
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Bob Weir & Ratdog
3:00pm – 4:30pm
4:30pm – 5:30pm
5:30pm – 7:00pm
The White Stripes
7:15pm – 8:45pm
Widespread Panic
8:45pm – 11:30pm